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It’s Friday!

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And we are preparing for a weekend celebrating wellness, recovery and mental health for hospitality workers!

Join Us at Wellness in the Park

We would love some extra hands to help out with set up and pick up for this rad event! Please email community@chowco.org if you are free to come help!

Defend Yourself : 5 Things

Today I’m going to share with you the 5 options for any situation where you want to advocate for yourself, speak up, set a limit, or protect yourself.

These 5 options are: Run, Yell, Tell, Hit, and Go along.

They apply no matter how simple or complicated the situation is. No matter how apparently “minor” (like a microaggression) or threatening.

Here you go:

1-Run means leave, walk away, get out of there, run as fast as you can, say “see you later….” Break up, leave the job – anything that makes you Not There for the harassment, abuse, or assault.

2-Yell is using your voice: talk to them, get loud, tell them what you want, give them a command, set a limit, and so on.

3-Tell is getting help: give someone a command (“go get the security guard!”) turn to a friend (“please stay with me till this person leaves”), ask a stranger, tell a teacher, counselor, or HR person, call a hotline. Who can you tell?

4-Hit is what most people think of when they think of self-defense. If it’s a dangerous situation and you can’t run, yell, or tell – or if you tried those things and they didn’t work – that’s when you bring out your hands, feet, knees, and elbows.

5-Go along is often the best strategy if the aggressor is trying to take your stuff (not to hurt you) or if you think it’s the only or best way to survive the attack.

In our upcoming workshop – Empowerment and Self-Defense: Intro for BIPOC– you’ll focus on honing your verbal skills (how to set limits and ask for what you want) and gaining physical skills (a few simple strikes for a worst-case scenario that anyone can do).

If you’re Black, Indigenous, or another person of color, we invite you join us for a small group experience to learn these practical skills for safety and respect in everyday life. It’s BIPOC-led, trauma-informed, and centers your needs.

Learn more about the live course and reserve your spot today.

Join us Saturday, June 25, 3:30-6 pm Eastern time via Zoom so you can feel – and be – safer and more confident.

Our students tell us these skills are transformative. And the research shows that they’re effective in increasing safety and self-confidence, and reducing sexual assault.

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Have a wonderful weekend!